President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt received a rapturous reception when he addressed the delegates at the opening of the sixth session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
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President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt received a rapturous reception when he addressed the delegates at the opening of the sixth session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). In Rome the Egyptian leader told the delegates on December 13 that governments must accept responsibility for solving world food shortages. He said the problem should not be tackled in a political manner, but by admitting the principle of collective responsibility. The 136-nation governing council had more than one billion dollars (US) pledged from contributors for the 1981-83 period, but its officers say that only half of this year's instalments have been paid. This hold back has jeopardised many projects in developing nations. Since it began operations five years ago, IFAD has financed food-growing projects in eighty nations through loans totalling more than a billion-and-a-half dollars (US). President Mubarak predicted some 750 million people would be suffering from acute hunger, or food shortage. by the turn of the century.
Source: REUTERS ROME